FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2022
CONTACT: Kyle Neaves, Associate Athletic Director for Communications
(228) 424-6921 | Kyle.Neaves@Colostate.edu
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Fresh off leading the No. 6 scoring defense in the FCS to the national championship game, Colorado State head coach Jay Norvell has tabbed Freddie Banks to lead the Rams’ defense heading into the 2022 season.
Banks, who will also coach defensive backs, spent one season in the same role at Montana State where he helped the Bobcats to their first appearance in the FCS national championship since 1984.
Under his tutelage, the Bobcats defense allowed just 10 or fewer points in seven of 15 games in 2021. The unit allowed just 15.0 points per game and 310.1 yards of total offense, the 14th-best mark in the FCS. The Bobcats collected 42 sacks (12th) and generated 24 turnovers (17th), including 18 interceptions (4th) on the season.
The Bobcats were also stingy in the red zone, posting the No. 18 ranked red zone defense in the country.
Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen was named a first team All-American as well as the FCS Defensive Player of the Year by Phil Steele, and defensive lineman Daniel Hardy earned first team All-American honors by the same outlet. Andersen was also named the Big Sky Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year while six other Bobcats picked up All-Big Sky honors.
Joining the Colorado State staff is a reunion for Banks and Norvell as the defensive coordinator spent one year under at Nevada as the Wolf Pack’s cornerbacks coach.
Banks played at Mercyhurst in 2007 before transferring to North Dakota State, where he finished out his career, his coaching career started a year later at Minnesota State-Moorhead. In just two seasons, he became the defensive coordinator there before moving to Nicholls to coach cornerbacks from 2013-14. He then spent one season as a high school coach in Louisiana before returning to the college ranks at Midwestern State, where he coached the secondary from 2016-18, then spent the 2019 seasons as the cornerbacks coach at Stephen F. Austin.
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